Yorkshire Premier League is the main attraction on the squash scene at Chapel Allerton this season, with top class squash on our show courts every week. Everyone is invited so bring your friends, and we welcome visitors from other local clubs. All the players tend to join us in the bar afterwards and it is always a well attended night with a great atmosphere. Chapel A 1 finished the 2016/17 league as Champions, but they just struggled to maintain their hold for the 2017/18 season, finishing second in the league. This year sees two teams in Premier Division once more so we can host top level squash every Wednesday.
Owain has enjoyed a reasonably successful year of squash, (despite having two months off mid season with injury). Whilst balancing university and professional squash he has reached his highest psa ranking to date of 250 and reached his first psa QF, domestically he’s played some of his best squash though, going almost unbeaten all season in yorskshire league, beating players ranked twice as high as him, and also snuck two games off the world number 24 at the time Chris Simpson. He’s also captained the university team to a silver medal in the national cup and league where he was unbeaten and finished an impressive fourth in the BUCS (British universities) individuals tournament where he beat players ranked top 120.
Simon Parke will again be player/manager this year, bringing up the average age somewhat and playing his own style, giving 100% against his younger opponents. Simon is a former World No3 and British Champion.
I’ve been playing since the age of 9. 5 time Yorkshire junior champion, 2 time North East of England junior champion and British junior open quarter finalist. Currently #17 in England U19s
Niall Mckinnon is one of our loyal club players, reaching the final of the club champs a few years in a row now. He lives in Chapel Allerton and regularly trains at the club. Bringing his Scottish flare to the court, he’s one to watch!
Cameron Ward, age 19, is currently in his second year of study at Leeds College of Music. A very active young player, he could be found inside the top 8 of the national rankings in each age group before a series of injuries halted his progress at 18. He is now back at peak physical fitness and feeling the strongest he ever has.
Chapel A 1 v Dunnington
When: Wednesday 19th February 2020 7.30pm
Where: Chapel Allerton LTSC
Last Match Report
Parkey's Match Reports
PARKEY’S MATCH REPORT YPL 29.1.20
CHAPEL A 1 v QUEENS HALIFAX (6-19)
5. ALEC FOSTER lost to SARAH CAMPION 2-3.
Alec was up against former world top 20 player Campion (nee Kippax) but was looking pretty confident in the early stages. I think he can be quite tricky if you haven’t played him before and Campion certainly found this, regularly beaten by the Foster boast, especially from the backhand. This edginess also allowed Alec to dominate the middle and nullify Campion’s athleticism, Alec taking the first two games. Then Campion’s past life as a pro started to become evident as she pushed her way to a crucial third and Alec was visibly tiring. The fourth and fifth were quite comfortable for the Queens player as the roles were reversed and Campion came through in five.
4. CAM WARD lost to LEWIS HARDING 0-3.
Cam’s opponent today looked very keen and also very light, like he was prepared to run all day! Harding could play a bit too as he seems to have all the answers against a frustrated Cam. The long rallies weren’t enjoyed by Cam who started to force things a little, affecting his shot selection, Harding winning in three.
3. PAUL ALLEN lost to HARRIS QASIM 0-3.
Qasim is a 17 year old Pakistani junior from Lahore who had recently competed at the British Junior Open in Birmingham. It was quite obvious of his talent from the first rally as he had Paul doing some serious work in all four corners. Paul, by his own admission was a little slow to start, and Qasim was taking full advantage of this, playing crisp drives and smashing winners in from all over the court, 3-0 Queens.
- OWAIN TAYLOR lost to CONNOR SHEEN 1-3.
These two know each other well and usually have close matches and today was no exception. Sheen, who is currently 128 in the PSA world rankings, started the brighter against Owain, who is 186 in the PSA rankings. The first game was close though, lots of long rallies, but with Sheen hitting slightly better lines allowing him more time in the middle to hold the ball. They shared the first two games and went into the crucial third. Owain still wasn’t able to attack with enough precision to really hurt Sheen, who seems to have improved his short game, allowing Queens to take this rubber in four.
2. MARK FULLER beat JAMES EARLES 3-2.
No person or team likes to be “bagled” so it was up to the pride of Fuller to restore some pride to the home team tonight. Earles hasn’t been pro for a few years now but still plays a fantastic brand of squash, very attacking, excellent mover, and it was all Earles in the first game. The diminutive lefty was playing winning trickle boasts, deft drop shots and all Mark could do was watch in admiration. But one huge weapon Fuller possesses is strength of heart and mind. This inner strength helped him back into the match, taking the second, extending the rallies and generally making life difficult for the talented Earles. Earles squeezed the third 11-9 but the signs of fatigue were starting to show, giving Fuller optimism to keep pushing. And push he did, with the small crowd enjoying some fantastic squash from both players, with Fuller coming through in a marathon 11-9 in the fifth!
Next home match is 4th place Dunnington at 7.30pm Wednesday 19th February 2020.
We are now up to 7th place and are looking for a respectable top 5 finish after a difficult season.
This I believe is possible but not without your continued support.
SEE YOU ON THE 19th FEB!!!
1ST TEAM CAPTAIN.